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In baseball, what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas.  In baseball, when something happens in Vegas we know about it.  Especially if it’s something big.  Like CC Sabathia signing with the Yankees for seven years.  To tell you the truth, I don’t know what possessed him.  I don’t know what made him do it.  Maybe it was the uniforms.  Maybe it was Girardi.  Or maybe it was the $160 million, the richest pitcher’s contract in baseball history.

I’m actually not that worried about it.  When Randy Johnson came to the Yankees, he was supposed to be their savior.  In 2005 he was halfway decent, but in 2006 it was just sad.  Next thing you know, he’s back in Arizona.  Who’s to say that won’t happen to CC? Yes, CC’s younger, but he’s filling a similar role; he’s joining a Yankees club that hasn’t won a World Series since 2000 and didn’t even make the playoffs last year.  One guy isn’t going to fix a whole team’s problems, and one guy certainly isn’t going to single-handedly deliver a World Series trophy to the Bronx.  (I mean if Yaz couldn’t do it for Boston, there’s just no way CC can do it for New York.) Besides, a team can pitch and pitch till the cows come home, but unless runners cross the plate it won’t win anything.  In short I don’t think CC will change the fact that the Yankees aren’t going anywhere in October except the golf course.

The Mets also made a bit of a splash by signing K-Rod.  I’m just glad he’s out of the American League.  And Texas dealt catcher Gerald Laird to Detroit for some prospects, which doesn’t seem like that big of a deal unless you consider that we were thinking of making a deal with Texas for a catcher.  We were thinking Taylor Teagarden or Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but now that Laird’s gone they’re basically all Texas has left.  So they’re asking for Buchholz in return, and naturally that’s not going to happen, but meanwhile Varitek refused arbitration and we’re contemplating a Dusty Brown-George Kottaras solution.  I’m telling you, the market for catchers this year is a complete and total disaster.

Our other negotiations are taking on a more positive note.  AJ Burnett’s agent has stated that he’s had “significant dialogue” with us, and why not? AJ Burnett is 31 years old.  His main priority at this point is winning, and he wants to play with a club that’s going to give him the best chance of doing that.  And I’ll give you one guess who that might be.  We’ve been to the ALCS four times in the last six years and won the World Series twice in the last five.  And we’re stepping up our efforts with Mark Teixeira.  He’s 28 and in his prime, and if we sign him it’s Lowell on the block.  Apparently Lowell’s making a fantastic recovery from right hip surgery, so things could get a little complicated, but I have to stick with my original opinion and go with Tex.  Lowell’s contract is up in two seasons, and because of his age it’s unlikely he’ll make much of an impact after that.  Why not import a young player now and let him acclimate himself to the clubhouse? Even though it’s a very difficult decision, at the end of the day it’s about what’s best for the team, and I think the addition of Tex could put us over the top.  It’s not that Lowell is bad, it’s that Tex is just that good.

But through it all Theo doesn’t think anything groundbreaking will take place at the Winter Meetings.  Of course, as he said, some of the biggest deals take place outside the Winter Meetings (I refer you to our acquisition of Jason Bay).  We did, however, accomplish something with one of our own: we’ve secured Dustin Pedroia through 2014 with an option for 2015.  What’s the best part? He probably would’ve made more money going year to year on contracts but signed the extension anyway.  And for once Theo didn’t have to deal with Boras, because Pedroia the Destroyah chose different representation.  Smart man.  (Sam and Seth Levinson, by the way, are his agents.) And if this deal ends up being our biggest accomplishment this offseason, that’s alright with me.  I think I speak for all of Red Sox Nation when I say that we agree with Theo’s statement that Dusty “really embodies just about everything we look for in a Red Sox player.”

In other news, the Pats narrowly defeated the Seahawks, 24-21, and the Bruins are just on fire, winning nine of their last ten games and leading the Eastern Conference with 42 points.  That’s good for second in the league behind the Sharks’ 46.  I’m telling you, hockey in Boston this year just keeps getting better and better.

Chris Speakman

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